FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It was a tough night at the free throw line for the IPFW women’s basketball team as the Mastodons fell to in-state rival IUPUI 78-68. The ‘Dons are now 8-17 on the season and 2-10 in Summit League play.
For the game, IPFW connected on 9-of-17 (52.9%) of its free throw attempts. The team also finished the night shooting 27-of-62 (43.5%) from the field, including 5-of-16 (31.3%) on 3-point attempts.
Haley Seibert led all players with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting. The senior guard also had a game-high four assists and three steals. Making her second career start, Kamilah Carter finished with 13 points and tied a season-high with five rebounds. Hillary Moore came a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Mur Hagerman added eight points while Rachel Rinehart scored seven to go along with four rebounds and a pair of assists.
Snider grad Akilah Sims tallied 14 points and seven rebounds for IUPUI.
IPFW and IUPUI traded leads in the opening minutes after the Jags scored first. The Mastodons responded with an 8-0 run to take an 11-7 lead five minutes in. After back-to-back buckets by the Jags, the ‘Dons responded with a three from Rinehart, and a fast break layup by Carter. IUPUI answered with a seven-point run to regain the lead with 9:15 to play.
The Mastodons made it a short-lived lead for the Jaguars, battling back with an 11-2 advantage. IUPUI tied the game 31-31 with 2:13 left in the half, capping off a 9-0 run. Seibert connected on a three with 32 seconds left, but Jenna Gunn hit a jumper at the buzzer for the Jaguars as the ‘Dons led 36-35 at halftime.
To start the second half, the IPFW offense went without a point for the first 3:31 as IUPUI took the lead for good. Moore snapped a 9-0 Jaguar run, but the Mastodons trailed 42-38. Later, an 8-0 Jags advantage pushed the deficit to 12 points as IPFW was down 56-44 with 9:45 to go in the game.
Moore hit her first career 3-pointer at the 8:19 mark to cut the lead to seven, but the Mastodons were held off the scoreboard over the next 3:45, as they were unable make a late comeback.
IPFW goes on the road to face Denver on February 14 at 3 p.m. ET.